The variations to African romance scams are nearly as many as there are scammers (thousands), however there is only one objective to all of them and that is to get your money.
And there are still some basic similarities amongst all of them. The length of time they romance you is variable and determined by your receptiveness to their profuse flattery and terms of endearment. You may notice that they tell you very little about themselves, especially their past, like childhood, education and employment history. When they believe you are sufficiently hooked (in love with them) they then conjure a disaster of some sort that only financial aid can resolve.
There are many other ways scammers take your money, besides romance scamming, but on this site we mainly focus on exposing the romance scammers. They steal pictures, generally of white, affluent looking males and sexy young females. They create fake profiles, usually stealing text and information from other legitimate dating profiles. They make contact with you on a dating or social networking site. They usually ask immediate questions about your experience with internet dating hoping to find you're unaware of romance scammers. They steer you off the dating site to instant messenger chat services. The male scammers pretend to be financially well off and usually widowed with children (to inspire a woman's compassion and empathy). This can be the hardest part of the scam to accept as false because many scammers are very subtle with their money requests. They keep the victim sending money until the victim stops.
They are also interested in your financial status but can be very subtle with their inquiries. They begin the process of engaging you in a 'relationship' with the intent and promise of marriage. Some never even ask their victims but wait for their victims to offer. If the victim stops because they became aware they were scammed, the scammer will then come back pretending to be a new person, usually in law enforcement, offering to help the victim recover their money. They also have access to pre-recorded stolen web-cam sessions to fool you and can easily obtain American and UK phone numbers that forward their calls to Africa.
7.) They don't care whether or not you are god fearing, and sooo christian like they are. I've even baited some that went after male friends, pretending I was a lesbian just to show my friends how they will be lesbian if I want them to be just for the sake of the scam.) 12.) They claim how much they loved your profile even if your profile is hardly filled out and really too basic to love.